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Dallas' Nash takes 36-hole lead at TGA Mid-Am

on 23 September 2012.

MESQUITE—Playing during the morning hours of another ideal day for golf Saturday, Evan Nash of Dallas and Doug Manor of Austin carded second round 67s, good for 5-under par on the Blue Course at Dallas Athletic Club. They climbed to the top of the leaderboard after two rounds of the Mid-Amateur Championship presented by the Texas Golf Association.

Nash’s round, coupled with his even-par 72 opening round, put him up by two shots over Manor and four others going into Sunday’s final round. Nash is at 139 while Manor, Lewis Stephenson, Jordan Woolf, Bryce Mueller and Mike Schrade are all bunched at 141, 3-under par for the 36 holes. Another shot back is a group of four players that include prior winners in other TGA events this year, John Bearrie of Arlington and Mike Calef of Allen.

Bearrie teamed with Aaron Hickman of Tyler to win the TGA’s Four Ball Championship at Crown Colony Country Club in Lufkin this past April while earlier this summer. Calef prevailed in a rain-shortened West Texas Amateur at Diamondback Golf Club in Abilene.

Four players are at 1-under par 143 while six more are at even par. Given that there have been low scores but also no one running away from the field after two rounds, the tournament looks up for grabs to whoever gets hot on Sunday.

First round leader Joel Wofford suffered a disastrous back nine Saturday after shooting even par on the front side. The Paris salesman hit his third shot on the par-5 12th over the green into a hazard and ended up with a triple bogey eight. He then double bogeyed his next hole and finished the back nine with a nine-over 45 that ruined what had been solid play at six under par through the first 27 holes.

“It boiled down to one bad shot,” Wofford said afterwards. “It was a flyer and that really killed me.”

The cut to the top 54 players and ties was 149 with Jeremy Freedman of Dallas showing the biggest turnaround with an 11-shot improvement on day two. Freedman shot 79 on Friday but followed it up with a 68 on Saturday.

Sunday’s play is set to begin at 8 am.